Indiana State University to name Central Missouri leader as president

Deborah Curtis. (Photo Provided/University of Central Missouri)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO) — Deborah J. Curtis will be named the 12th president of Indiana State University.

She will be recommended for appointment during a special Board of Trustees meeting next week.

David Campbell, chair of the ISU Board of Trustees, made the announcement Thursday.

“I am very pleased to announce my intention to recommend the appointment of Deborah Curtis as our next president. Dr. Curtis brings a breadth of experience from her roles at Central Missouri and Illinois State, and I am confident she will build upon the tremendous success that has been achieved in the past 10 years and advance Indiana State to even greater heights,” Campbell said.

Curtis said she and her husband are delighted with the opportunity to become part of the ISU community.

“This is a special time in the evolution of Indiana State in the state, region and nation due to the tremendous accomplishments that have occurred under the leadership of President Dan Bradley and his wife, Cheri. I am excited to begin working on furthering that progress,” Curtis said.

Curtis has served as the provost and chief learning officer at the University of Central Missouri since 2012. In that role, her responsibilities have included overseeing all academic programs and support services including the university’s four academic colleges, the library and extended studies, as well as enrollment management, information technology and student affairs.

Curtis was selected following a national search, which drew more than 70 candidates. She will be the second Indiana State graduate and the first woman to serve as president of Indiana State.